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According to the information made public by the Defence Ministry of Belarus prior to the exercise,   fewer than 13, personnel of the Union State were to take part in the military maneuvers, a number that was not supposed to trigger mandatory formal notification and invitation of observers under the OSCE 's Vienna Document. Prior to the exercise, Western military analysts and officials cited the total number of Russian troops, security personnel and civilian officials to be involved in the broader war-games as being up to ,,  which would make them Russia's largest since the Cold War. The plan of the exercise was approved by Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko on 20 March it envisaged two stages and its theme was defined as "the use of groupings of troops forces in the interests of ensuring the military security of the Union State". In mid-August, Lithuania said that it would send its military observers to the Zapad drills, in Belarus and Leningrad Oblast. On 24 August, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the military alliance would send two experts to attend the war games, after Minsk extended invitation; he said that Belarus had invited NATO to attend five distinguished visitors' days during the drills, and Russia had invited NATO to one such visitors' day; Stoltenberg said attending distinguished visitors' days did not constitute real monitoring and that NATO was seeking "a more thorough way of observing" Zapad On the eve of the exercise, the Belarusian foreign ministry said it had received an "unprecedented number" of accreditation requests from foreign news media about
Zapad 2017 exercise
Viva Zapata! The film is a fictionalized account of the life of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata from his peasant upbringing, through his rise to power in the early s, to his death. To make the film as authentic as possible, Kazan and producer Darryl F. Kazan also acknowledged the influence of Roberto Rossellini 's Paisan Madero offers Zapata land of his own while failing to take action to distribute land to the campesinos who fought to end the dictatorship and break up the estates of the elites.
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